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Science Statement of Intent

We aim to provide children at Sheringdale with a deep and thorough understanding of the world around them and how it works through creative and stimulating scientific themes.  Pupils are taught with a ‘mastery’ approach with high expectations of questioning, inquiry skills and room for investigation beyond the national curriculum requirements.  Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it engages learners at many levels.  Learning tasks are designed to be accessible and inclusive, therefore pupils with SEND are supported and often excel with hands-on scientific learning, and challenge is presented as thinking deepens and concepts become more complex.

The science curriculum is taught in a variety of ways, by both class teachers and specialists, with the emphasis on first-hand experiences, asking questions and making connections across different areas of STEM learning as well as across the topic-based curriculum. From the Early Years through to Year 6, we teach the children to predict, observe, record and interpret information.  We then encourage them to use these skills to hypothesise upon and test new concepts or ideas, look for patterns, identify and classify, and understand that mistakes made are opportunities to learn.  Through science, pupils are encouraged to understand, discuss and question how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change, impact on industry, business and medicine and shape the direction of society and future of the world they live in.